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Michigan officials investigate fish kill on Escanaba River

Aug. 13, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a fish kill that affected a dozen species on the middle branch of the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula. The die-off was reported Aug. 9 on the 52-mile-long river, which is popular with anglers, officials said Wednesday. It happened near...

Correction: Fishing-Puget Sound story

Aug. 10, 2020 8:27 PM EDT
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — In a story August 6, 2020, about the sockeye salmon season for Baker Lake in northwest Washington state, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the season continues through Sept. 7. The season closed Aug. 3.

Regulators find shad, an important fish, are 'depleted'

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

Overfishing, dams and pollution are among the factors that have steeply reduced the population of an ecologically important fish on the East Coast, regulators have said. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently completed an assessment of the population of American shad and found it to be...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, that if he's elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. The mine would be built near headwaters of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Conservation and local tribal groups say they fear the mine will devastate the fishery.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden vows to block Alaska mine project if elected

Aug. 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Sunday that if he’s elected, his administration would stop a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. “It is no place for a mine,” the former vice president said in a statement to news...

Valley Creek flows through Afton, Minn., Friday, July 31, 2020. David Pergande, a retired Minneapolis firefighter, helped get a 31-acre parcel of land -- and the stream that runs though it -- protected from further development. A public park will be developed on the site as a joint venture between the Belwin Conservancy, the City of Afton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Washington County. (John Autey/Pioneer Press via AP)

Lower St. Croix Valley man helps spur creation of new park

Aug. 8, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — David Pergande was biking on Washington County 18 last fall when he noticed a prime piece of real estate for sale just north of Afton’s Old Village. The nearly $1 million property — 31 acres in all — is home to part of the Valley Creek trout stream, wetlands, a...

Big Nevada gold mine expansion on hold in face of opposition

Aug. 7, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Facing fierce opposition from conservationists and tribal leaders on multiple fronts, Nevada’s largest mining company has suspended its proposed expansion of what would become one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Lawyers for the U.S. government and one of the groups seeking...

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Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

Aug. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior - and Discovery...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Washington. Trump said Wednesday he would

Trump says he'll listen to both sides on Alaska mine project

Aug. 5, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “listen to both sides” after his eldest son and a campaign adviser urged him to intervene to block a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday agreed with a tweet from...

Montana grizzly biologist no longer with wildlife agency

Aug. 5, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A long-time Montana grizzly bear biologist is no longer with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, officials confirmed. While the agency did not announce the departure of wildlife biologist Mike Madel, agency spokesperson Greg Lemon confirmed he was no longer with the...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks at Dream City Church in Phoenix. Trump Jr. has agreed with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Trump Jr. responded Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, that expressed hope President Donald Trump would direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block the proposed Pebble Mine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Alaska mine project

Aug. 4, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son agreed Tuesday with calls to block a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major U.S. salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. Donald Trump Jr. responded to a tweet by Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence and a senior...